Born: October 28, 1945, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

After a few reincarnations 1050 CHUM quietly passed away on March 26, 2009

1050 CHUM was a legendary Top 40 powerhouse from the late 1950s through to the early 1980s.

The station had a formula no other station has been able to duplicate.

Through the formative ‘50s, the unforgettable ‘60s and the interesting ‘70s, 1050 CHUM played a major role in shaping the radio landscape in Toronto. Recording acts from Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Guess Who, Elton John, The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers and Bob Seger not only graced the airwaves but walked the halls of 1050 CHUM.

The radio station was famous for the CHUM Chart. From 1957 to 1986, 1,512 consecutive weekly charts were published, making it the longest-running chart of its kind in the world.

Also, 1050 CHUM was noteworthy for hosting many famous rock concerts including, among others, visits to Maple Leaf Gardens by Elvis Presley (1957) and The Beatles (1964, '65, and '66).




Friday, July 16, 2010




1 Hello Mary Lou/Travelin' Man Ricky Nelson
2 I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door Eddie Hodges
3 Big Bad John Jimmy Dean
4 Crying/Candy Man Roy Orbison
5 You're The Reason Bobby Edwards
6 I Don't Know Why I Love You Clarence "Frogman" Henry
7 Runaround Sue Dion
8 Runaway Del Shannon
9 I Fall To Pieces Patsy Cline
10 She Wears My Ring Jimmy Bell
11 Ebony Eyes/Walk Right Back Everly Brothers
12 Pony Time Chubby Checker

13 A Scottish Soldier Andy Stewart
14 Michael Highwaymen
15 Blue Moon Marcells
16 Calender Girl Neil Sedaka

17 Ghost Riders In The Sky Ramrods
18 Classmate Beau-Marks
19 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow Shirelles
20 Wheels String-A-Longs
21 Little Sister/
(Marie's The Name) Of His Latest Flame Elvis Presley
22 Moody River Pat Boone
23 Apache Jorgen Ingmann
24 Take Good Care Of My Baby Bobby Vee

25 Hats Off To Larry Del Shannon
26 Johnny Willow Fred Darian
27 Mother-In-Law Ernie K-Doe
28 Bristol Stomp Dovells
29 On The Rebound Floyd Cramer
30 Running Scared Roy Orbison
31 Exodus Ferrante & Teicher
32 Baby Sittin' Boogie Buzz Clifford
33 Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) Barry Mann
34 Quarter To Three Gary U.S. Bonds
35 Donald Where's Your Troosers? Andy Stewart
36 English Country Garden Jimmie Rodgers
37 I Just Don't Understand Ann-Margret

38 Raindrops Dee Clark
39 Potrait Of My Love Steve Lawrence
40 Don't You Sweetheart Me Bobby Curtola

41 Greener Pastures Stonewall Jackson
42 Everlovin'/A Wonder Like You Ricky Nelson
43 Wonderland By Night Bert Kaempfert
44 Sea Of Heartbreak/I Think It's Best (To Forget Me) Don Gibson
45 Goodbye Cruel World James Darren

46 The Great Imposter The Fleetwoods
47 Calcutta Lawrence Welk
48 Let The Four Winds Blow Fats Domino
49 You Must Have Been A Beautifull Baby Bobby Darin

50 Hello Walls Faron Young
51 This Time Troy Shondell
52 Starlight Starbright Linda Scott
53 Raining In My Heart(11)/Don't Start Cryin' Now(6) Slim Harpo
54 Bless You Tony Orlando
55 Flaming Star(EP) Elvis Presley
56 You Are The Only One Rick Nelson
57 Hillbilly Heaven Tex Ritter
58 Wooden Heart(LP Cut) Elvis Presley
59 Halfway To Paradise Tony Orlando
60 Baby Blue The Echoes
61 Yellow Bird Lawrence Welk
62 Angel Baby Rosie & The Originals
63 100 Pounds Of Clay Gene McDaniels
64 Asia Minor Kokomo
65 I've Told Every Little Star Linda Scott
66 Little Devil Neil Sedaka

67 Walk On By Leroy Van Dyke
68 Don't Worry Marty Robbins
69 Little Rubin Al Gardner
70 Surrender/Lonley Man Elvis Presley
71 You Always Hurt The One You Love Clarence "Frogman" Henry
72 Mexico Bob Moore
73 First Taste Of Love Ben E. King
74 Missing You Ray Peterson
75 Where The Boys Are/No One Connie Francis
76 Hitchiker Bobby Curtola

77 Hit The Road Jack Ray Charles

78 Tragedy The Fleetwoods
79 Stick Shift The Duels
80 Bumble Boogie B. Bumble & The Stingers
81 Good Time Baby Bobby Rydell
82 The Fly Chubby Checker

T83 Have A Drink On Me Lonnie Donegan
T83 Have A Drink On Me Buddy Thomas
84 Frankie & Johnny(8)/
It's Just A House Without You(10) Brook Benton
85 Corinna Corinna Ray Peterson
86 San Antonio Rose Floyd Cramer
87 Are You Lonesome Tonight(8)/I Gotta Know(7) Elvis Presley
88 You Don't Know What You Got Ral Donner

89 Barbara Ann Regents
90 O Solo Mio Robertino
91 Tossin' & Turnin' Bobby Lewis
92 Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White Jerry Murad's Harmonicats
93 The Writing On The Wall Adam Wade
94 Cottonfields/Gypsy Rider Highwaymen
95 Rubber Ball Bobby Vee

96 Now & Forever Bert Kaempfert
97 I Count The Tears The Drifters
98 I'm A Fool To Care Joe Barry
99 Shop Around Miracles
100 I'll Never Be Alone Anymore Bobby Curtola




"1050 CHUM" was a legendary Top 40 powerhouse during the late 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s.

Early history and Top 40 format

CHUM AM was launched as a dawn-to-dusk radio station on October 28, 1945 by Jack Q'Part, an entrepreneur in the business of patent medicines. The station, then operating from studios in the Mutual Street Arena, was taken over in December 1954 by Allan Waters, a salesman from Q'Parts' patent medicine business. Waters' first major move was to secure a license for 24-hour-a-day broadcasting for CHUM, along with a power increase to 5,000 watts. Less than three years after Waters acquired the station, and soon after bringing the new fulltime transmitter online, a major programming change was made. On May 27 1957, Waters switched to a "Top 50" format that had proven itself popular in some U.S. cities; Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up" was the first song played. "1050 CHUM" pioneered rock and roll radio in Toronto, and was noteworthy for hosting many noteworthy rock concerts including, among others, visits to Maple Leaf Gardens by Elvis Presley (1957) and The Beatles (1964, '65, and '66). While the station was rising to the top of the popularity ratings in Toronto in the early 1960s, it also built yet another new transmitter in Mississauga, Ontario (a few miles west of the current Toronto city line) along the Lake Ontario shoreline, and raised its power once again to its current 50,000 watts around the clock.

CHUM DJs of the 1960s were zany morning man Al Boliska, who quit in late 1963 to go 'across the street' to CKEY.He was replaced by WKBW, Buffalo radio & TV personality Jay Nelson, popularly known as "Jungle Jay" from his role as host of a children's show on Buffalo's Channel 7 which was also popular among Toronto youngsters. He would be followed by housewives' jock John Spragge; singer/DJ Mike Darow; Pete Nordheimer, replaced in 1961 by witty Bob McAdorey; teen DJ Dave Johnson; and all night maven Bob Laine. Later additions to the CHUM DJ lineup included Duff Roman and Brian Skinner, both of whom came over from CKEY (then owned by Jack Kent Cooke). In the late 1960s, early 1970s, CHUM DJ's included Duke Roberts (also known as Gary Duke for a time), Johnny Mitchell (better known today as Sonny Fox), J. Michael Wilson, Tom Rivers, Scott Carpenter, Jim Van Horne, John Rode, Don Reagan, Terry Steele and Roger Ashby. Among their later mighttime hosts was John D. Roberts, who joined CHUM in 1977 and would eventually become known across North America as White House correspondent for CBS-TV and host of CNN's morning program "American Morning."

CHUM was also well known for its contests, like the 1970s' "I Listen to CHUM" promotion, in which DJs would dial phone numbers at random and award $1,000 to anyone who answered the phone with that phrase.

From gold-based to oldies

By the mid-1980s, CHUM had lost ground in the Toronto ratings to competitor Top 40 station CFTR and FM-based music stations. On June 6, 1986, CHUM dropped its Top 40 format for a heavily gold-based adult contemporary format ("Favourites of Yesterday and Today"). By 1989, CHUM adopted an oldies format, drawing heavily on its previous Top 40 reputation to cater to the fans of that era's music.

Chart #1 - Monday, May 27, 1957 - TOP 50


Monday, May 27, 1957

Chart Number: 1
10Presley, ElvisAll Shook Up0
20Boone, PatLove Letters In The Sand0
30Williams, AndyI Like Your Kind Of Love0
40Everly Brothers, TheBye Bye Love0
50Mineo, SalStart Movin' (In My Direction)0
60Storm, GaleDark Moon0
70Robbins, MartyA White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)0
80Gracie, CharlieFabulous0
90Como, PerryGirl With The Golden Braids, The0
100Ray, JohnnieYes Tonight, Josephine0
110Diamonds, TheLittle Darlin'0
120Dell-Vikings, TheCome Go With Me0
130Boone, PatWhy Baby Why0
140Husky, FerlinGone0
150Como, PerryRound And Round0
160Berry, ChuckSchool Day0
170Knox, BuddyParty Doll0
170Lawrence, SteveParty Doll0
180Dorsey Orchestra, JimmySo Rare0
190Domino, FatsI'm Walkin'0
190Nelson, RickyI'm Walkin'0
200Gracie, CharlieButterfly0
200Williams, AndyButterfly0
210Belafonte, HarryMama Look At Bubu0
220Lowe, JimFour Walls0
220Reeves, JimFour Walls0
230Dee, JohnnySittin' In The Balcony0
230Cornell, DonSittin' In The Balcony0
230Cochran, EddieSittin' In The Balcony0
240Mathis, JohnnyWonderful! Wonderful!0
250Mello-Tones, TheRosie Lee0
250Tune Drops, TheRosie Lee0
260Coasters, TheYoung Blood0
270Domino, FatsValley Of Tears0
280Draper, RustyFreight Train0
290Gilkyson, Terry & The Easy RidersMarianne0
290Hilltoppers, TheMarianne0
300Bowen, JimmyI'm Stickin' With You0
310Laine, FrankieLove Is A Golden Ring0
320Platters, TheI'm Sorry0
330Hunter, Ivory JoeEmpty Arms0
330Brewer, TeresaEmpty Arms0
340Sands, TommyTeen-Age Crush0
350Little RichardLucille0
360Sands, TommyMy Love Song0
370Starr, KayJamie Boy0
380Starr, RandyAfter School0
390Johnson, BettyLittle White Lies0
400Bennett, TonyOne For My Baby (And One More For The Road)0
410Knox, BuddyRock Your Little Baby To Sleep0
420Clooney, RosemaryMangos0
430Cornell, DonMama Guitar0
440Belloc, DanFlip Top0
450Baker, LavernJim Dandy Got Married0
460Boone, PatBernardine0
470Copeland, KenPledge Of Love0
470Torok, MitchellPledge Of Love0
480Four Lads, TheI Just Don't Know0
490Armenian Jazz SextetHarem Dance0
500Williams, BillyI'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter0

John Gilbert "No Charge"

Mike Cooper's April Fools Joke

80's PROMO

Bob Sam Robbie - 1050 CHUM Morning Show - 1992

Tom Rivers 1982

John Majhor CHUM 1050 Morning show 1986

1050 CHUM Card 1983